Man accused of sexual assault in his home
Gerald W. Fletcher offered a young woman a place to stay after she had been evicted — then sexually assaulted her when she was in the shower, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said. Fletcher, a 42-year-old felon, met the woman at a gas station at State Road 52 and U.S. 41 on July 23, according to a report. The two did not know each other beforehand, said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. The 23-year-old woman later told authorities she had been evicted and Fletcher said she could use his shower and stay for a while. She followed him in her car to his house at 17537 Meridian Blvd. in Hudson. The woman said Fletcher went into the shower while she was in it and assaulted her. She ran to another room, but told authorities Fletcher caught her, threw her down and tried to rape her. Fletcher was arrested Monday on a sexual battery charge. He was being held Tuesday in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
'Knuckles' charged in vicious beating
A teenager nicknamed "Knuckles" sent a man to the hospital after breaking bones in his face last month, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office. Cody A. Jones, a 19-year-old from Port Richey, is accused of beating a 29-year-old man at the intersection of River Mill Drive and Woodbine Drive in Beacon Woods during the early hours of July 7. A report states Jones got out of a gold-colored car, attacked the man — giving him a concussion and fracturing his face — then got back in the car and fled. A witness told authorities Jones and the victim knew each other and the incident might have been about a racial slur. The report says the victim was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. His current condition was unavailable. Jones was arrested Monday and is charged with aggravated battery, as well as two charges of violating his probation for armed burglary and carrying a concealed firearm. As of Tuesday, he was being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.
The injuries William Kuch sustained in a shooting Saturday in Land O'Lakes were life-threatening, authorities said. A story Tuesday was incorrect on that point.